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Hi Blog.

Here we are already at the first Friday of the shiny New Year.

After the long break, I am happy to be settled back into our regular schedules. The Taurus in me sure does love some smoothly operating routines.

Last night was Biggest’s Winter Orchestra concert. I was BLOWN AWAY with how good they sounded. I am thankful that he loves violin because I really love listening to it.

After some consideration, I picked LOVE as my word for 2017.

This year, I would like to feel more love in my heart and act more lovingly towards myself and others. I would like love to be what drives my decisions and actions; rather than fear or anger or sense of lack or boredom or whatever. Clearly our world could use a lot more love these days.

I just noticed that I’ve used the word “LOVE” 9 times in this post! See? I’m already embracing it!

Happy Friday, Friends!


Hi Blog.

T minus 4 days till Christmas. Eek!

Last weekend, we went to look at lights (an annual tradition)

and went to a party. It was fun, but I drank too much (hopefully not an annual tradition).

Littlest had a violin concert (kids + violins = cute!).

There are 3 more days of work until I am done for the rest of the year! That part is exciting!

I guess it’s time to start thinking about my word for 2017.

In the past it has been Simplify (2016), Believe (2015), and Connect (2014). I want to pick just the right one for this year.

Do you have a word for 2017?


Hi Blog.

On Sunday, I celebrated my 44th birthday. Sometimes it is hard for me to believe that I am 44 years old. Inside, I feel so immature, all of… 12? 14 maybe? 36 on a good day? Age is such a funny thing.

But, back to the weekend. It was low key and lazy, which is pretty much perfect in my book. There was sushi and Vietnamese food and cake and lots and lots of flowers and hugs and maybe even a nap thrown in. What more could a girl want?

Things I hope to accomplish in my 44th year:

Design a cross stitch pattern

Draw more pictures

Try some block printing

Learn how to actually use Photoshop

Bake a really great loaf of crusty bread

Make changes to my work life

Better support Tom in his endeavors

Spend time with the boys each day after school

Invest time and energy in the people and things I care about

Continue to simplify our home and life

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Exciting and scary! Here I gooooo!!!


Yay! Friday is here! We survived the first week back at work and school!

On Monday, I started a Couch to 5K training program. The 2 completely bizarre things about this is that 1) I absolutely hate running but 2) I am enjoying it so far. 2016 is so weird.

Last night was Biggest’s Winter Orchestra concert. Last Spring, the Orchestra concert did not go well at all, due to a terrible bout of stage fright. We were a bit worried going into this one, but HE DID IT! I am so happy for him. Doesn’t it feel sometimes like being a Mom is a constant emotional roller coaster based on the ups and downs of your kids?

So, being a new year and all, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my theme for this year. 2015 was Believe. 2014 was Connect.

I declare 2016 the year to Simplify.

To me, Simplify means:

Getting down to the basics

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Enjoying the day to day tasks that make up life

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Appreciating what is really important in the grand scheme

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Eliminating the things and feelings and people that no longer work

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Being honest and kind in all things

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Not overcomplicating matters

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What’s your theme for 2016?


Hi Blog!

It is rainy and cold here this week, a bit strange for the beginning of June. Biggest is disappointed because his class trip to the lake was canceled. I secretly am enjoying this weather anomaly. It feels cozy to be stuck inside when it’s rainy outside.

We had a nice weekend. It included a sushi date (mmmm) and a lot of kitchen/cooking time for me. It doesn’t get any better than that. Well, it does, but I’m trying to be a thankful/positive person.

Lately my mind has been on simplifying. I want a simple life and I don’t mean that fake curated perfect looking simplicity that you see on blogs and in magazines. I want true simplicity; to live modestly, cook our own foods, and make do with what we have. It’s a constant struggle between this want vs. our current situation.

We have a busy life in a busy suburb with busy kids and busy careers. I suppose there is a time and season for everything and some day things will be slower and simpler for us. In the meantime, I try to do what I can to bring pockets of simplicity into our world. Some people think I’m a weirdo for baking bread or making bugspray or insisting that things be made from scratch when I’m already up to my eyeballs in chores, but it makes me feel better, like I am taking baby steps towards something. Ya know?

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It’s already January 7th and I haven’t shared my word of the year yet.

Last year it was CONNECT. That was a good one for me.

It was hard to pick just one word for this year, but I finally landed on…

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I will strive to:

Believe in myself

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Believe that things happen for a reason

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Believe in magic and possibilities

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Believe in the goodness of the Universe

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Believe in the future

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Believe in those I love

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What is your word for 2015?


Hello Stitchy Friends.

I just found out that there is going to be an 18th and 19th Century Needlework exhibit close by and I am beyond excited. Can you say “Needlework Nerd”? I’m scheming now about who I can talk into going with me.

Tom and I have not been sleeping well this week. Me- because of sniffling and coughing. Him- because of my sniffling and coughing. Not sleeping well SUCKS! It makes me cranky all day long. You can ask anyone at my office because it’s true.

I have been getting a lot done on my Modern Folk heart pillow though. I’m being slow and methodical and trying not to feel like I have to rush through it. That’s hard for me because I can be very results oriented. I have to constantly remind myself that cross stitching is as much about the process as it is about the result.

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Yesterday I stopped at the library during lunch and picked up a book on the zen of everyday things. The author talks a lot about doing laundry which is probably one of my least zen activities, but I totally get what she means. I feel that way when I wash dishes by hand, or chop veggies, or bake bread, or stir broth, or cross stitch. I suppose you’ve got to find it wherever you can.

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Embroidery, Fajitas, & FUN!

I should start every post with “I went to NY yesterday, ” because that’s basically my work life these days. It feels that way, anyway.

I know that some people feel energized and alive in the city, but not me. I feel overwhelmed and overstimulated and overcrowded. I like space and quiet, clearly not a city mouse.

Yesterday was especially bad because it was 1. a Monday, 2. FREEZING(!), 3. a long day, 4. dark before I even got home. By the time I got home, Tom had already fed the boys dinner and Littlest and I headed right back out for karate. I was all kinds of frazzled by the time I got home again (officially) for the day. Le sigh. 

But on to more fun things…

Our weekend was reaallllly fun! Last week, I made a resolution to spend the weekend doing enjoyable things and not worry so much about the day to day drudgery.

On Friday, we went with some friends to a party at an antique gallery. It’s hard to describe this place but I will try. It’s basically a huge, huge space filled with art and artifacts from around the world. There just happened to be a display on embroidery and veils. It was sooooo cool.

Check out this little gem about a woman’s value being determined by her ability to embroider. We’d be totally valuable in Central Asian tribal culture, right?!

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The garments were seriously out of this world. I, of course, was drawn to the ones that were done in cross stitch.

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Look at that! Actual cross stitches!

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Seriously! Cross stitched!

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Can you believe that women made these… by hand… a long time ago… with no artificial light… and limited supplies? My mind was blown.

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There were big cool wall embroideries too. Why can’t I be that free and creative? I am officially inspired.

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Tom was not as interested in the embroidery as I was. He wandered over to look at the paintings.

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Artistic people being arty.

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There was music! And food! And people breaking out in spontaneous dance! It was a neat change from our suburban life.

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Saturday we went out AGAIN! Can you believe it? We tried a new Mexican place. I ordered the steak fajitas. Is it just me, or do you agree that the whole point of fajitas is when they bring out the sizzling skillet and everyone looks at you wishing that THEY had ordered the fajitas because the smell is just out-of-this-world delicious? Needless to say, I was mighty disappointed when my fajitas came out ON A PLATE. NO SIZZLING. NO SMOKING. They were still delicious, but BLAH. ON A PLATE. What’s the point?

Sunday I went to a fabulous outdoor market with Stephanie! It was cold, but fun. See? NO DRUDGERY, just FUN! Unfortunately, now we have no groceries or food or clean clothes for the week, but it was WORTH IT!

Camp Tom.

I don’t really have anything exciting to write about today, but am procrastinating from working.

We had a quiet night and started Day 1 of Deepak’s latest 21 day meditation challenge on “Relationships.” My friend, Melania, told me about the last series that he had, but I only lasted until about Day 12 that time. Hopefully this one goes better. Meditation is sooooo beneficial, but it is such a struggle for me. I am trying to get better and more consistent with it.

Littlest Boy is doing well at Camp Tom.

He spent yesterday walking dogs…

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Slaying dinosaurs…

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Flirting with girls who came into the office (not pictured, but you can just imagine!)…

And learning the concept of multiplication.

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Not bad for a day’s work. I’m starting to think that Tom should start a summer camp for wayward youths, or at least naughty kindergartners. He’s got a gift!

Since we are starting imaginary camps, I will start a camp for career gals who wish that they were stay-at-home cross stitch gals.

Good Day!

I have not even touched my cross stitch this week. I am still traumatized by the Great Needle Incident of 2013. Luckily, we are able to laugh about it. Today, Tom asked if I was going to make Chicken Needle Soup for lunch. What a comedian. :-/

I am so excited because:

  1. Today is the boys’ Spring Concert at school. They’ve already both declared that they will “do the hand motions” but will only be “moving their mouths and not really be singing.”
  2. I am only working a half day!
  3. Memorial Day weekend at the beach is fast approaching!
  4. My bangs are finally growing out to a reasonable length and I no longer look like a toddler who gave herself a bad haircut.

It’s the small things!

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